by Erica C. Barnett
(This article was originally published on PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
For weeks, the City has been scrambling to make downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, and the stadium district inviting to the tens of thousands of people expected to pour into the area this week for All-Star Week. In addition to trash pickups and temporary park “activations” (pickleball, a free outdoor roller rink), the City has flooded the neighborhood with police; last Friday, in tiny Occidental Square alone, PubliCola counted at least eight officers, six park rangers, four private security guards, and about a dozen Downtown Seattle Association ambassadors.
And, of course, the City is sweeping unsheltered people by removing tents and RVs from the area.
Continue reading At Mariners’ Request, Mayor’s Office Pushed for Encampment Removal to ‘Make Opening Day Great’ Last Year
by Lauryn Bray
In December 2022, King County and Chief Seattle Club announced that the Salmonberry Lofts in Pioneer Square became the fifth Health Through Housing building to begin moving tenants in. The Health Through Housing initiative is a “regional approach to address chronic homelessness at a countywide scale.” Introduced by King County Executive Dow Constantine in his 2020 budget speech, the Health Through Housing initiative dedicates one-tenth of a cent of sales tax revenue to the purchase and renovation of motels, hotels, and other buildings to be converted to emergency and permanent housing.
Continue reading Health Through Housing Initiative and Chief Seattle Club to Provide Housing With Culturally Competent Social Services
Becoming a Central Home for Totem Star, Red Eagle Soaring, The Rhapsody Project, Whipsmart, and Jackson Street Music Program
by Vee Hua 華婷婷
On the border of Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District sits King Street Station, a historic train station constructed between 1904 and 1906. Yet prior to colonization and the forced regrading of Seattle, the location was known to local Native American tribes as dzee-dzee-LAH-letch in Lushootseed, or the “little crossing-over place.” It was a tidal marsh — plentiful with flounder — adjacent to Coast Salish longhouses on Yesler Way and surrounded by trails where Native Americans from numerous thougvillages fished and intersected with one another.
Continue reading Station Space Celebrates Its Future as an Interdisciplinary Arts Hub in King Street Station
by Gui Jean-Paul Chevalier
A man a many sorts. Performing Artist, Painter educator among others.
After getting a personal tour of his new Pioneer Square Art studio, I sat down with artist Perry Porter at a bar on First Avenue to discuss his art, vision, process and future plans.
Continue reading Artist Perry Porter Talks Art, Hip-Hop
by Gui Jean-Paul Chevalier
When a founder of a movement or entity leaves their original city, often times what they built dies. But not for Simon Wolf and his music and arts initiative, Stay Happy Collective. As Wolf, the group’s founder, moves on to Oakland to expand the brand, Stay Happy Collective continues on here in its home base of Seattle, in the hands of four trusted producers: Holly Theriot, Michael Scheibe, Lymarie Perez and Enrique Bried-Fuentes.
Continue reading Arts, Culture and Politics: Stay Happy Collective Jumps into a New Era